Photos: Justin Timberlake at United Center

Timberlake put on his 'Suit & Tie' for a packed United Center audience

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  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

Photograph: Bill Whitmire

Justin Timberlake performs at United Center in Chicago

Justin Timberlake played Soldier Field last summer with his pal Jay Z, but the 20/20 Experience World Tour marks his first solo foray into the city since 2007. The erstwhile 'N Sync–er now eschews boy-band denim for "Suit & Tie" slickness, and his high-energy stadium show doesn't skimp on slickness either.


A roughly 30-song set, spanning two and a half hours in which Timberlake's only downtime is a ten-minute intermission, pulls from all four of his solo studio albums. Timberlake enters in a white tuxedo jacket and black bow tie, with six backup dancers in matching outfits; his backup singers and horn section, dubbed "The Tennessee Kids," are perched behind old-school bandstands as he pushes off with "Pusher Love Girl" from last year's The 20/20 Experience. It's not long before he segues into his first solo hit, "Like I Love You," from 2002's Justified.


Material from Justified and 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds, including "SexyBack," "Señorita," "Rock Your Body" and "My Love," sounds updated for the brassier soul sound of Timberlake's current band; he drops in a few covers as well, which on Sunday night included bits of "Heartbreak Hotel," Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie" and Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison." He worked hard to win over the crowd, too, at one point throwing over his hometown of Memphis to declare Chicago his favorite city (we bet he says that to all the metropolises). Timberlake plays another show at United Center tonight.


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